Perhaps 2021 isn't the right year to be looking at conspiracy theories. Perhaps we've all been through far too much over the last 18 months to indulge one more phenomenon that isn't based in reality.
Or perhaps this is exactly what we need: a dose of satire, levity and paranoia into the minds of those fans who simply struggle to believe the NBA would leave it to chance that their future stars end up in any of the league's 28 markets. More than anything, it provides the perfect banter and feedback to blame someone instead of the bouncing of the balls when things don't go your way.
Every year I pen this piece: a look at the unique factors that would tell you how each team's victory (or lack thereof) in the draft lottery is indicative of the NBA offices and Adam Silver rigging the results to their benefit. Whether you take it as purely comic relief or as legitimate fuel on the conspiratory fire, it's always a fun break from the news cycle to get you primed for the lottery.
1. Houston Rockets (17-55)
Top Pick odds: 14%